A suspected suicide bomber reportedly intercepted in northern Cameroon before she could blow herself up has claimed to be one of the 219 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants.
The claim now suggests there may be some element of truth in the claim in some quarters that the girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State in 2014, are being used as suicide bombers.
According to Reuters, quoting military and government sources in Cameroon, two girls carrying explosives were stopped by local self-defence forces in Cameroon’s northern village of Limani.
The girls were said to have been handed over to troops of the multi-national force who said that the claim by one of the intercepted girls is being investigated.
“One of them indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15. We are now verifying, because on the Nigerian side they have the names and photos of these girls,” said local government administrator Raymond Roksdo.
Two military sources, who asked not to be identified as they were not authorised to speak to the press, also confirmed that the girl had claimed to have been one of the Chibok abductees.
“We need a few days to be able to confirm this information. We have to debrief all the men who were present and interrogate the two girls before we can say anything,” one of the military sources said.
Boko Haram militants had kidnapped about 270 of the schoolgirls and loaded them onto trucks, with about 50 of them escaping afterwards.